New Project Release: The Chancellery WSU
media release 15.03.16
The Chancellery (WSU)

New Project Release: The Chancellery WSU

New Chancellery for an internationally focussed Australian University: Meeting Place, Workspace & Art Gallery

Allen Jack+Cottier’s sophisticated new fit-out for The Chancellery at Western Sydney University (WSU) takes workspace design to another level. It is an uplifting, inspiring and active hub with sharp, clean lines, warm native timber, subtle lighting, beautiful artworks and contemporary furniture. This part administrative office, gallery, and meeting place has been designed to reflect the Chancellery’s pivotal role within the university, and its growing presence in the international academic community.

Director (Architecture + Interiors) Scott Norton, who led the design team speaks of AJ+C’s approach, “Our starting point with good workplace design is that it has to work at a practical level, whilst reflecting the vision and aspiration of our client. In this case, we were very fortunate that the Vice Chancellor clearly understood the value of good design.”

The space is centrally sited in the WSU Parramatta campus, occupying a floor with eastern, northern and western facades, affording district views over the campus green and beyond. “Working with a building with low floor to ceiling heights of 2.4m and a requirement to maintain all the existing infrastructure and services was very challenging. As was controlling the balance of natural and artificial light. But this generated the most innovative solutions and the result is an elegant interior that works well functionally, and feels very special.” – Scott.

It was important for public and private spaces to be clearly delineated. To achieve this, AJ+C created an undulating timber wall, clad in timber battens, running the length of the fitout. On one side are the public spaces, the other private. Visitors to the space have free access within the public areas creating an open and collaborative atmosphere. The public spaces make up a large proportion of the floor area recognising the importance of the Chancellery’s relationships at many levels.

Two Allen Jack+Cottier projects shortlisted for World Architecture Festival 2015 Awards in November
media release 7.10.15

Two Allen Jack+Cottier projects shortlisted for World Architecture Festival 2015 Awards in November

Two very different Allen Jack+Cottier projects are shortlisted at this year’s World Architecture Festival, to be held in Singapore between 4 – 6 November, 2015.

AJ+Cs sculptural Inner City Warehouse residential conversion project (New and Old – Completed Buildings) and its bold new Library for the Western Sydney University (Higher Education and Research – Completed Buildings) have been named among 350 finalists to make the final cut for this prestigious international architecture event.

World Architecture Festival is the largest international architectural event. It includes the biggest architectural awards programme in the world, dedicated to celebrating excellence via live presentations to delegates and international juries. 2,200 architects from 60 countries are expected to attend.

Michael Heenan, Design Principal of AJ+C said: “This year Australian practices have again made their presence felt in record numbers, with 37 projects listed among the 350 finalists. We’re thrilled to have been shortlisted for these prestigious awards, placing us in the company of some of the world’s best architects.”

New Project Release: Distinctive “Polaris” apartments in North Sydney launched
media release 20.05.15

New Project Release: Distinctive “Polaris” apartments in North Sydney launched

Located on the corner of Pacific Highway and Berry Street, North Sydney, the 218-apartment building comprises 1 – 3 bedroom apartments and 3 levels of commercial space. Its unique crystalline form was driven by the technical requirements of the site, and in particular, the need to provide maximum sunlight into this and surrounding buildings. “The form of the building was created by allowing the sun’s rays to define its profile. By reverse engineering the hours of required sunlight to neighbouring properties we defined a building envelope. The design of the final crystalline form fitting within the envelope to create no overshadowing and produce the building’s unique character,” said Peter Ireland.

The signature tower on the corner of the Pacific Highway and Berry Street carries through the crystalline character with a metaliic rain screen sheath and a folded metal canopy at street level. The canopy provides shelter and defines the residential and commercial entries.

Allen Jack+Cottier is currently working on a wide range of mixed use and multi residential projects in Sydney, Parramatta, (regional NSW and Western Australia).

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